Last decade sees strong growth for nonprofit sector

NONPROFITS | The nonprofit sector has weathered the biggest economic downturn in decades, and has seen wages grow over 17 percent and employment grow 14 percent, according to the Urban Institute’s 2016 Nonprofit Almanac. (CP, 10/24)

That’s better than either businesses or the government, says the report, which looked at nonprofits with at least $50,000 in annual revenue that file Forms 990 with the Internal Revenue Service. At the same time, the number of charities grew 23 percent, from more than 237,000 in 2003 to nearly 294,000. The fact that charities did as well as they did during the recession is significant because the nonprofit world accounts for 5.4 percent of the gross domestic product and employs 14.4 million people. Massive nonprofit job losses and reduction in nonprofits services could have meant an even more dire overall economy than Americans experienced, say the report’s authors.

“The nonprofit sector is resilient,” says Nathan Dietz, senior research associate at Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. “What kind of a role has the support of the nonprofit sector played in the overall recovery of the economy?” Mr. Dietz says. “It’s been able to provide a safety net. If not for the nonprofit sector, a lot more people would be in real trouble.”

POVERTY | A new report looks at how D.C. could help families by expanding the welfare program. (City Paper, 10/25)

WORKFORCE | According to the new Trends in Workforce Demand: Seven Key Economic Clusters Report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, economic growth in the D.C. region will depend on STEM Jobs.

DISTRICT | The District’s Office of Zoning has a new interactive map showing D.C.’s different zones, what they mean, and how they are organized. (GGW, 10/25)

HOUSING | The D.C. attorney general has sued a real estate company for allowing one of its Ward 8 properties to fall into dangerous disrepair. (City Paper, 10/25)

EQUALITY | In one corner of the law, minorities and women are often valued less (WaPo, 10/25)

HEALTH | As part of the Health Means Business (HMB) Campaign, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is now accepting applications and nominations for the inaugural Healthy10 Awards, which will honor ten outstanding cross-sector collaborations or innovative businesses working to improve the health, well-being and equity in their communities.

PHILANTHROPYPhilanthropy, Policy and Culture: “Find a Way to Help that Doesn’t Undermine”  (NPQ, 10/24)

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